Summer Job Search Begins for South Plains Teens - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/30/04

Summer Job Search Begins for South Plains Teens

School's out for the summer and many teens are out searching for that summer job. A nationwide study shows that only 37% of teens will find a job. So, what does that mean for teens on the South Plains? NewsChannel 11 went to places many young adults work in the summer to find out.

For many teens on the South Plains, summer means getting a job.

Jeff Apuan, manager at Sonic on 82nd St. and University, says that out of 50 employees, well over half are students working for the summer.

"Always hard to find people who want to work the harder shifts, the longer shifts," says Jeff.

Like Angel, who car hops in the summer and isn't afraid to work hard for some cash.

"You have to run a lot. It's hot. There's a lot of drink orders and stuff like that. You get tired, but you gotta do your job," she explains.

And might include doing jobs that aren't very glamorous. Ami Harger took a job at Kaleidoscoops in an effort to own a set of wheels.

"I'm trying to save up to buy a car for my senior year, so this is the job for me," she explains while waving at cars in a banana suit.

And her job hunting didn't come easy.

"Nobody would hire me because I was 16," she says.

Until she came to Kaleidoscoops and found her calling.

"I'm good at making a banana split. I'm a banana," exclaims Ami.

Tiffany Fowler, owner of Kaleidoscoops, began her shift almost eight years ago this summer and never left.

"It started off as a summer job and just been here ever since, bought this store about two years ago," says Tiffany.

A lot of the teens we talked to started looking for summer jobs before the summer started, so if you haven't started looking now, you better start before they're all scooped away.

But don't worry, Tiffany says she's still searching for a few good scoopers.

"I usually hire about eight or ten in the summer," she says.

No matter where you apply to work this summer, both Tiffany and Jeff agree a positive attitude will help land you the job.

"I like to see a lot of smiles," says Jeff.

"I deal with it and I'm as nice as I can be. Just smile!" says Ami.

Monster.com reports that 16 to 24 year-olds made up 22.3% of the U.S. working population in 1982. That percentage dropped two years ago and could fall to 15% by 2012.

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